How many calories should i eat?

You can begin to figure out with a little simple math. Determine your basal metabolic rate or (BMR). BMR is the amount of energy that your body actually needs to function properly.

An interesting fact is that we will use approximately 60% of the calories that we take in order for our bodies to function.

There are two different formulas for women and men (adults) which I have noted below:

Formula for men: 66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in years)
Formula for women: 65 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)

Let's go to the next step involves factoring in your level of daily activity, or current lifestyle.

  • If you don't get much exercise at all: BMR x 20% 
  • If you get in a little bit of exercise: BMR x 30% 
  • If you are very active and exercise a lot every day for 45 minutes or more: BMR x 40% 
  • If you are highly active and constantly in motion: BMR x 60%

Take the resulting number from above, and add this number to your BMR. This will give you the number of calories that you need to take in each day to maintain your current weight.

So ask yourself the question, "how many calories to lose weight?

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